Community Support & Outreach
Our Social Justice Program aims to raise students’ awareness of injustice in the world, encourages our students to be empathetic to the needs of others and empowers them to make a difference. It is about getting out into our community and giving the students opportunities to work alongside charity workers and community volunteers as well as fundraising within the school community.
All year groups are presented with opportunities to participate in the Service Learning Program. Some of these are mandated as a whole school initiative, (sponsorship of a World Vision child), whilst other endeavours are through our Pastoral Care program and House system (Daffodil Day). Often our students become passionate for a cause or a situation and actively seek to make a difference. Concurrently students are invited to participate in a variety of charitable fundraisers during the year, including the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Door Knock, Clean Up Australia Day, Operation Christmas Child and Relay for life.
It is hoped that the Service Learning Program will play an important role in the development of our leaders here in the College, establishing a very clear link between service and leadership. It is hoped that our graduates will take the experiences learnt from the program with them into their future lives, where they can influence the thinking of their family, friends and colleagues to be more aware of the responsibility that we all have, to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.
Each year students from Nowra Anglican College and Shoalhaven Anglican School in Year 11 travel to Cambodia and Vietnam to help build houses in Phnom Penh and renovate schools in various provinces in the Mekong Delta. Students also visit orphanages in Cu Chi, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, spending time with disabled children and donating funds for rice. In recent years students have also engaged in fruit tree planting in Siem Reap to help promote sustainable growth and income for disadvantaged communities. Our students are also joined by Arden Anglican College in Sydney to maximise our service to those less fortunate over a two week period. This service trip has become a tradition at Nowra and Shoalhaven and has been developed under the guidance of Felicity Reynolds, our Society and Culture teacher and Pastoral Leader, who has visited the region for the last four years. The whole school is involved in fundraising to assist with the purchase of materials to build the houses through the Tabitha Foundation as well as fund the materials and equipment needed to renovate schools, plant trees and donate to orphanages.
In 2013, 22 houses were built, 170 mango trees were planted and cash donations for rice were made to the orphanages. Over 300 handmade clothes were also donated to the orphanages by a 2012 Year 12 student as part of her Design and Technology major work. She had attended the trip in 2011 and was deeply affected by her experiences. This year, we aim to build at least 20 houses in Phnom Penh, donate to orphanages, donate resources to and assist in maintaining a school in the Mekong Delta and again, plant trees in Siem Reap. While the trip is based on serving others, participants also visit key areas of interest including sites of historical and educational significance in both countries. For this reason, the trip is highly beneficial for students studying HSIE and History subjects at the stage 6 level.
Overall, the Service Expedition is a wonderful experience for students, parents and staff whose contribution to helping those less fortunate leaves a lasting impression on the lives of those they help, as well as their own. The trip fosters a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude in all who attend and develops a cultural understanding for societies which are very different to our own.
Relay for Life
In March, the P&F organises a school team to participate in the annual Shoalhaven Relay for Life, an event that sees the community come together over a weekend to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have battled cancer. Cancer touches all areas of the community and sadly our College is no different in that many of our families have loved ones who are battling or have lost their fight and even earlier this year the College saw the passing of a dear colleague. In 2014, our team has raised more than $700.00 prior to the event with fundraisers held at school. The team currently has nine participants, however greater involvement is always welcomed and you can join our team or make a donation by following the link.
Library in Vanuatu
Nowra Anglican College have proudly supported the establishment of a library in Vanuatu. After building the library, collecting and shipping the books, a group of staff and students spent a week getting the library ready to open. An official ceremony was held in the village with the High Chief and Pastors in attendance. The NAC team then played games with the children and read books with them. The local school now visits the library and the children are getting very excited about being able to access books.
Mrs Turner who has been coordinating the projects has already scouted the next location, has the books and is just awaiting a shipping container. If you are interested in donating books or are travelling to Vanuatu and would like to take over some books please contact Laura Turner at Nowra Anglican College or join the Mele Village Library Facebook page.
Cultural exchange – Tokyo Rissho High School
NAC hosts students from Tokyo Rissho High School each year for a week. Japanese students and staff members are billeted by College families. The students learn conversational English in the College and enjoy some of the sights that the Shoalhaven has to offer.